Unmanned Cargo Vessels

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Unmanned Cargo Vessels


The promise of autonomous operations in a marine environment that covers 70 percent of the planet, near which more than 600 million people reside, is tantalizing. The world’s oceans support the large cargo ships that carry the bulk of global trade and commerce. Yet, as this working paper shows, countries vary substantially in their approaches to adopting unmanned cargo ships. These variations—which include the business case, motivation, labor, funding, and public attitudes towards automation and development of such a concept—merit careful study and analysis.

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